When I first began developing the idea of my Monkey Mind Tales Book Series, I wanted to present it as a work of “printed” art. I put as much care into the look and feel of the book as I did the writing style and voice of the text. I wanted the books to have a Dr. Seuss casebound look, with black and white line drawn illustrations reminiscent of Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Alice In Wonderland. Because of this, I vowed to never publish my work as an E-Book.
This was a nobel aspiration but, as my friend John said, “releasing a book only in hardback is like a musician releasing a new album only on CD— no body does that anymore.” During my initial interview with my publishing adviser, I was told the same thing; I needed to publish a Kindle version to reach a larger audience of readers. Apparently Amazon’s Kindle books outsell hardcover and paperback, plus a number of authors never offer their book in printed form. Mike Shatzkin, founder and chief executive of the Idea Logical Company, predicts that, “within a decade, fewer than 25 percent of all books sold will be print versions.”
So, by creating a book as a work of art that was meant to be printed, I was going against what everyone suggested I do, but I did it anyway. Though, I have compromised by allowing my first tow books in my Monkey Mind Tales Book Series to be available for a limited time in the Kindle format. This will allow readers to discover my books, and hopefully encourage them to buy a printed copy.
WHY BUY A PRINTED COPY?
The Kindle book version is like a sketch of my original idea, and doesn’t represent the finished product. A great amount of time, effort, and energy went into the creation of the printed book, and it is truly a work of art.
Also, the Kindle version as been modified to fit whatever device you are using, and whatever format on which you decide to read it. Because of this, it looks different than what you will see in the hardback version. The lettering may be different, and the illustrations may be in a different place, or a different size. The only benefit for having the Kindle Version, is that you have the option of enlarging Tom Fee’s illustrations to see the detail of his work.
The other issue I have with Kindle, is that it disappears when you turn off the power. They will never be seen on someone’s bookshelf. They are not passed from one family member to another, or between friends. They never make it to a public library, half-price bookstore, or garage sale. In short, they cease to exist.
This is why I encourage everyone to buy at least one copy of each hardback to pass down and pass on. I have a 1964 first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, and a 1963 first edition of Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle. I have other books dating back to 1905, including a 1910 copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain. It is my hope that in 2117, a hundred year old copy of my book will be sitting on someone’s bookshelf… or on Mars.